Survey: 38% of Americans plan mass Thanksgiving despite COVID-19

According to a new study, more than a third of Americans want to eat their pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Also, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 38% of Americans are planning a gala dinner with 10 or more people.

A new survey conducted by the Wexner Medical Center at the University of Ohio also showed that 27 percent do not plan to practice social distance during Thanksgiving. In addition, 33 percent of respondents said they were unlikely to ask their guests to wear masks and 20 percent would not give up on guests who had symptoms of the virus.

The majority of respondents said they would only cut turkey with people from their family and almost three-quarters planned to practice social distance. Dr. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief specialist for patient quality and safety at Wexner Medical Center, urges Americans to reconsider their views as it is mass parties that become places of active coronavirus transmission.

“When you get together at the table, talking, sitting less than 2 meters away from each other with your masks down, even in a small group – then coronavirus proliferation is inevitable,” he said.

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